Supply Chain Sustainability School
The UK Supply Chain Sustainability School, which offers a common and collaborative approach to addressing sustainability within the supply chain, is a partly publicly funded free virtual learning program with matched funding from industry, launched in 2012.
The aim of the program is to help construction suppliers and subcontractors develop their organisations’ sustainability knowledge and competence.
Match Funding was provided by some of the industry’s largest contractors and materials & equipment suppliers (Aggregate Industries, Kier, Lend Lease, Morgan Sindall, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska, Willmott Dixon), showing that the interest in the training of all actors in the construction phase, in sustainable building, is of great importance. The school is aimed, in part, at addressing the barriers that SMEs often do not have the resources to be able to ad-dress these issues.
The training gives the relevant actors a common approach as well as the tools needed for an understating and implementation of sustainable construction. It was designed to be used by any supplier or sub-contractor in the construction supply chain, regardless of company size, who want to develop their sustainability credentials and help to build a more sustainable supply chain for the industry.
The core training is through an online tool with bespoke e-learning modules and other web-based resources to suit a wide variety of requirements. It helps the relevant actor to assess their strengths and weaknesses and areas which can be developed through the tool. The school however offers face-to-face learning including regional supplier days and training workshops.
Since its start it already has 6,000 members, exceeding the original target of 800, with over three quarters of these from SMSEs.
For more good practice examples download our Training Handbook: Sustainable Construction.